UPDATE: MobileBarCodeCamp Has Merged With MobileCamps – NY Event Set For Nov 10th

September 12, 2007 § Leave a comment

We have merged MobileBarCodeCamp with MobileCamps, since the overlap of both events are big enough to make it into one.

Everyone who has RSVP’d for the NYC event has been moved over to MobileCampNYC2.

The idea is to have a dedicated track for all things related to Barcodes, RFID and Physical Hyperlinking in general. For this track we will have 10 sessions dedicated to one room (although it is still possible to use free spots on the main grid later.) I will be curating this track so please send an email introducing yourself if you would like to hold a session to dharper {AT} wirelessink {DOT} com.

MobileCamps bring together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility. MobileCamps hope to support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly digital life. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile gaming, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, mobile storytelling, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, linux based devices, and mobility on other continents. Nokia Nseries is sponsoring.

Upcoming MobileCamps:
Follow the links below for venue and RSVP information.

Please note that we are going to have a limit of 150 people to take part in this camp so RSVP while you can.

Winksite Presenting at NY Web 2.0 Meetup on Sept 24th

September 7, 2007 § 1 Comment

I’ll be speaking about Winksite at the NY Web 2.0 Meetup on September 24th. Hope to see you there. – David Harper

The September Web 2.0 Meetup may be three weeks away (Monday September 24th), but we’re ready to announce a few details about the event.

First, as fall approaches, we’ve decided to add a few new features. We’ve decided upon a mobile theme for the the September Web 2.0 Meetup. We’re going to choose a different theme every month so that we can showcase many of the new and innovative companies in New York who fall into a specific category.

Next, our presenter, John C. Havens, will be streaming the event live via his company, BlogTalkRadio.com. John will not only be fielding questions from our live audience, but his listeners online as well. (We’ll hopefully have our own video equipment set up as well so that we may stream the event live online).

Our other two confirmed presenters are Socialight and Winksite.

Socialight allows its user to use their mobile phones to “…create, share, and discover virtual Sticky Notes placed at specific locations using your mobile phone or the web.” An example of Socialight’s service include posting a review about a restaurant your friends can read, or you can learn about specific landmarks in an area with additional information before you’re even there. Some of their new features include adding text and photos as well as (soon) video and audio clips. CEO Dan Melinger will be both speaking and presenting on behalf of the company.

Winksite is a company that focuses upon mobile social networking. Users are allowed to create their own personalized website/profile, which are accessible on both regular and mobile Internet browsers, and establish connections with other members of the service. Other additional features include the addition of Twitter, comments, places you like, and more. David Harper, founder of Winksite, is also the co-founder of Mobile Monday NY.

Click here to RSVP to the Web 2.0 September 2007 Meetup, or stop on by on Monday September 24th. We’re holding the event at Slate Plus, which is located at 54 West 21st Street.

Mobile Bar Code Camp

September 2, 2007 § 2 Comments

qrcodeMobileBarCodeCamp is bringing together mobile enthusiasts, explorers, authors, designers, architects, producers and professionals in North America to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobile bar codes and other cellphone-readable physical hyperlinks. MobileBarCodeCamp hopes to support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a “hyperlinked first life”. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile code formats, mobile code readers, mobile gaming, bar code art, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, and mobile bar code usage on other continents.

We are extremely interested in having the various Bar Code Platform & Reader companies represented at this event.

MobileBarCodeCamp grows by word of mouth (and word of blog). Tell your friends and people that you think will enjoy sharing a day with likeminded.

Go to the BarCamp page for details and sign up.

For those who asked to be involved from a volunteer and sponsorship perspective – yes – we need your help.

Cheers,
David Harper
Founder, Winksite
Co-Founder, Mobile Monday NY

InformationWeek Interviews David Harper on Mobile SEO

August 29, 2007 § 2 Comments

Winksite’s 25K publishers rely on us to sort out Mobile SEO on their behalf. That’s a responsibility we take seriously.

Catch up on what we’re thinking and doing…

28 Aug 07: InformationWeek: David Harper Interviewed by Stephen Wellman
How To Optimize Your Mobile Website For Search

30 Jun 07: David Harper’s Different Things Blog (Winksite)
Winksite Releases Major Upgrade – Love the Mobile Web.

27 Jun 07: InformationWeek
Simple Web Design And Discoverability Are Keys To Mobile SEO

Additional Resources
Paul Bennett has started a mobile SEO blog where he maintains a list of useful resources. Paul also formed a Mobile SEO Group where I hope others will join us in further discussion. (UPDATE: Apparently membership is currently by invitation only so if you’re interested in an invitation, please introduce yourself to Bryson Meunier.) Paul writes over at Marketing Pilgrim reporting on Mobile Marketing news with Andy Beal. He was kind enough to write an article about Winksite, “Winksite Shares Some Mobile Love“.

Disclaimer: The mention of my name in the title of a post I wrote is intended for SEO purposes only. It should not be taken as an expression of self importance. I just dropped behind the Walton’s guy again. – David Harper

Reports of Mobile Web's Death Greatly Exaggerated

August 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

Scott Rafer commented on the Forrester report in less words then I ever could.

Winksite Releases Major Upgrade – Love the Mobile Web.

June 30, 2007 § 8 Comments

You asked for it. We built it.

What’s new?
Here are the most prominent benefits in our July 6th release:

It’s mine and I want it to look that way.
Personalize your mobile site with your own sense of style. Mix and match various color schemes and backgrounds. Sure it sounds pretty standard but we came up with something different that you can proudly call yours while still working across a great variety of mobile devices and screens.

100% valid XHTML code.
With this release every mobile site published at Winksite is fully compliant with W3C Mobile Web Standards. Without having to lift a finger or squint at code your Winksite is guaranteed to score 5/5 on dotMobi’s MobiReady Report. What does this mean beyond bragging rights? Broad support across every browser on the planet to start. …and for those visitors still using WAP, no worries we serve that up just as neatly as ever. Combined with our RSS-driven content deployment, this approach delivers fresh and fast-loading content to you and your audience.

Preview: From a desktop browser (not mobile) hop over to the dotMobi’s MobiReady Report generator http://mr.dev.mobi/ and copy & paste http://winksite.com/xhtml/ms_main.cfm?susid=1561 into the validator to run an analysis and receive it’s MobiReady score. Alternatively, go directly to the results.

Simple to navigate. Simple to use.
Each Winksite benefits from thousands of hours of fresh research, user testing and community feedback. From it’s simple, channel-based structure, to it’s universal “Main Menu” link, Click-to-call dialing options, and easy to use community features – each mobile site you launch comes bundled with a pleasurable mobile experience.

Before the world can beat a path to your door first you have to be discovered.
With your content and our search engine optimization features you can start your climb to first page mobile search results. First, add descriptions & keywords to your mobile pages to allow search engines to index your website more efficiently. Then sit back while our smart presentation templates make the best of Title, H1/H2 tags, and link naming to tweak your pages for maximum SEO goodness.

…but that’s not all – every mobile web site now comes complete with it’s own Google Mobile Sitemap.

The mobile Web is not just for phones anymore.
We’re now delivering your site and content to new places. Gamers and their WiFi connected version of the Internet have been largely ignored by Mobile & Web 2.0 publishing and community platforms. We’re changing that. Whatever you choose to build at Winksite is now served up optimized and fully functioning to the Sony PSP browser and Nintendo DS Lite Opera browser over WiFi connections. With the DS-Lite in mind we provide a fast loading and readable version while in overview mode. The PSP is delivered a version that eliminates the horizontal scrolling (and reduces the vertical scrolling) required to read posts and chat with your friends. (Note: This part of the release is based in part on feedback we received from the download and use of the WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack we provided to WordPress publishers several months ago.)

What about the Apple iPhone?
No worries. We have it covered with a set of iPhone-optimized web site templates. Fire up your iPhone’s Internet browser and check out your Winksite by tapping in your mobile site address or the following mobile URL – http://winksite.com/xhtml/ms_main.cfm?susid=1561 – changing the susid number to your own.

What about the Helio Ocean, Nokia Nseries/s60, and others?

  • Apple iPhone – Supported.
  • Blackberry Devices – Supported.
  • Helio Ocean – Supported.
  • HTC – Supported.
  • LG – Supported.
  • Motorola – Supported.
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Opera Browser) – Supported.
  • Nokia Nseries – Supported.
  • Nokia s60 – Supported.
  • Nokia (Other) – Supported.
  • Obigo Browser – Supported.
  • Opera Browser – Supported.
  • Openwave Browser – Supported.
  • Palm Devices – Supported.
  • Samsung – Supported.
  • Sharp – Supported.
  • Sony Ericsson – Supported.
  • Sony mylo – Supported.
  • Sony PSP – Supported.
  • T-Mobile Sidekick – Supported.
  • Window’s Mobile Devices – Supported.

Winksite. Love the Mobile Web.
Winksite makes it easy to publish mobile Internet sites and build simple mobile connections via mobile phones. Winksite is the first standards compliant mobile Website builder that also includes RSS-driven content deployment and mobile-tuned community features such as forum, chat, and polls. This approach delivers fresh content, fast-loading screens, and universally accessible community features to you and your audience. The Winksite service is a free and fully hosted solution. No software install on your phone is necessary to view a Winksite powered mobile site. Learn more about how it works.

One platform. Many uses.
Use your mobile site as your personal podium to the world, a convenient mobile dashboard to all you find important or as a space to build and manage a mobile community. Create a mobile edition of your blog, journal or news service. Start a mobile chat room, forum or poll. Glue together your friends, feeds, and favorites into your own mobile personal portal. Organize an event or street team and spread the word on the where, when and why. Link SMS, QR Codes, mobile ads, or Twitter & Jaiku messages to a mobile destination where people can see and do more.

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